California fast-food workers are still denied a strong voice on the job
Record why you support The Fast-food Accountability and Standards (FAST) Recovery Act. California needs laws to enable fast food workers to fully participate in setting and upholding health, safety, and workplace standards in their industry.
Workers are fighting to bring together workers, industry, and government to help solve systemic problems like low wages, sexual harassment, and violence on the job!
- While fast-food corporations prospered during the pandemic, many frontline fast-food workers were required to report to duty despite being denied basic protections from PPE to paid sick leave.
- Fast-food restaurants operating without following proper COVID-19 safety precautions can be a superspreader industry
- Many fast food restaurants have systematically failed to provide employees with proper PPE, hazard pay, paid sick leave and other key health and safety protections during the pandemic.
- More than 70% of California's more than half a million fast-food workers are people of color, and two-thirds of fast-food workers are women.
- Fast-food is the largest, and fastest growing, group of private sector, low-wage workers in the state (those making less than $15).
- People working in fast-food jobs are more likely to live in or near poverty.
- Low wages in fast-food force more than half (52%) of the industry’s workers to rely on public assistance, costing taxpayers millions.
- California needs laws to enable fast food workers to fully participate in setting and upholding health, safety, and workplace standards in their industry.
- Fast food workers lack sector-specific protections.